Glenn Beck: America's crawl to socialism


Congressman Mike Pence

GLENN: Congressman Mike Pence from Indiana, he is -- we were talking yesterday a little bit about the SCHIP which is children's healthcare, and children's healthcare, this is so much bullcrap, I can't even stand it. It was, "We've got to help the children, we have to help the children," and now it's -- and underprivileged children and poor children. Now it's people who are making $60,000 a year and we've got to help the children. And they've just expanded it, and they are expanding and expanding and expanding. Now it takes 22.4 million new smokers, new -- they are funding it through smoking, new smokers, 22.4 million new smokers to be able to pay for what they've just passed. Well, how are they going to do that? How does that work?

Well, I was talking to Congressman Pence about it yesterday, and we touched upon something that is in the new stimulus package, and I just gave it to you a minute ago. In Obama's new stimulus package, $600 million to address -- and I'm quoting -- to address shortages and prepare our country for universal healthcare. This goes back to what I told you before: They are going to take this country by dribs and drabs. If you want to have an open debate about healthcare, then let's do it. If you want to say, "I want to be a socialist country," then let's have that conversation. But that's not the way it's happening. They are just taking it from you at night. Your freedoms, your economic freedom, the idea of capitalism, the idea that you control your own life and you make your own decisions, it's all going away and Congressman Pence is here to talk toe about this a little more. Congressman, how are you?

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: Hey, good morning, Glenn. Thanks so much for going off on this this morning. You are spot on as I said before, and I think the American people get a better understanding of the so-called stimulus bill the Democrats are -- they see that it is slow, it's wasteful and it really, as you've identified, it is laying a foundation for a massive expansion of government control in healthcare and so --

GLENN: Let's just touch on, first on slow. When you know the facts on this stimulus -- the idea of the stimulus package is, remember, we are a country -- we're either trying to fix this or we're not, right?

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: Right, right.

GLENN: So the idea is we're a consumer nation now and nobody's spending any money because either they don't have any money or they're living in fear. So no money is being spent and that stops the economy because we no longer build things. We just buy things. So the idea of the stimulus package is get money back into the hands of the American taxpayer, get it into the hands -- this was their excuse of -- it wasn't redistribution of wealth. It was, "No, poor people will spend it faster. So that's why we have to go for the poor, because we need to have this money into the system as quickly as possible." Explain what you mean by how slow this stimulus package is.

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: Well, I'll just explain to you what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office outlined this week. In looking at the house Democrats stimulus bill, they found that less than half of their stimulus proposal --

GLENN: We're talking a trillion dollars, gang.

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: Right, right, right. Less than half of it would be spent before the beginning of 2011. So, you know, where's the urgency here? And, of course, you know, that's why Republicans continue to believe what we ought to be passing is a stimulus bill that doesn't put more money in the hands of government to be passed out in slow and wasteful ways but that we pass fast acting tax relief that puts money this year right now in the pockets of working families, small businesses and family farms who can make those decisions for themselves and put our ailing economy back on its feet.

GLENN: Congressman, I mean, look, I'm becoming more and more libertarian every day and I'm more and more pissed off at the Republicans every day. So I'm just going to speak frankly with you, and I'm sorry if you happen to be on the receiving end of this. But the stimulus package the Republicans should be pushing for is a tax cut. The fastest way, the most efficient way to get money into the hands of the American people is to say we're immediately cutting your taxes. You want to help businesses? Reduce the corporate income tax so we're at least competitive in the world. Make it 20%. Here's an idea. You really want to be successful, make it 15%, but at least let us be competitive. That's the -- what the Republicans seem to be doing, congressman, is they seem to be taking and saying, "Well, okay, I don't want to do that because that's way too much. Instead I'll do half of that or I'll change that a little bit." Throw the soup out. The stock is bad. The idea is tax cuts!

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: Well, let me tell you, I can't speak for some of my Republican colleagues in the Senate, but I'll tell you House Republicans -- and you know I'm a minor member of leadership now as the conference chairman. I'm going to tell you what: House Republicans formed a working group a few weeks back and we are in the process of presenting a proposal for stimulating this economy that is all tax relief. Glenn, you are going to love it. It's tax relief for working families, for small businesses, and it's tax relief that would impact the economy right now, this year.

GLENN: What about the rich? What about the rich? I mean, let's stop with the class warfare, too.

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: No, no, we're talking about tax cuts that would affect not 95% of Americans the way the Democrats are doing their rebate thing which is really -- you know better than most the rebate stuff we did last spring and the tax, so-called tax cuts in the Democrat stimulus bill look a whole lot more like welfare than they do like tax relief. You are just passing out checks to people, an awful lot of people that didn't pay taxes to begin with.

GLENN: Right.

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: What we need is across-the-board tax relief that affects every American business and every single tax paying American.

GLENN: Thank you. Thank you. Okay. Congressman -- I'm sorry. It's just, I'm frustrated because I think our republic is at stake. I think we are, I think we are entering dangerous, dangerous territories where when people like Barney Frank continue to say, "Oh, there's corruption, there's corruption," and they're hypocrites and they are pointing their finger some place else and haven't taken the beam out of their own eye. When this stimulus package puts us behind the eight ball, when the dollar is devalued to staggering amounts, when these banks finally do collapse, no matter how many trillions of dollars we spend and now we have a socialized nation, I think you have disenfranchisement that is going to bubble over if the people in Washington don't show that there's some sort of common sense leadership that is speaking the language of the rest of the country. We've got enough people speaking the language of government and socialism. We don't have anybody really articulating clearly, loudly the idea that failure is a part of life, and I think somebody that would stand up and say, "You know what, America, I would rather go through a depression because I trust you will be good to your neighbor and I know we'll make it together because we made it before" than to sell out our very system and every value that we stand for and come out the other end as France. When will I hear that from the Republicans?

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: Well, I tell you, you've got to visit my YouTube page, Glenn, and you've got to visit, you've got to take a look at who Republicans have been saying. John Boehner, our Republican leader, has been very consistent challenging the stimulus bill saying, listen, these guys think we can borrow and spend our way back to a growing economy. Republicans don't believe that. Republicans know what Glenn Beck knows, what your millions of listeners know, that the cure for what ails this economy will not be found in the Treasury, it will not be found in the pocketbooks of tax paying Americans. The cure for what ails this economy will be found when we bring tax relief to Americans to invest their own resources, creativity, demonstrate their resilience and perseverance on this economy on their own. The strength of America's not in her federal government. The strength of America is among the American people and that's why you saw Republicans yesterday overwhelmingly oppose the bailout. I opposed it the first two times last fall.

GLENN: God bless you.

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: I don't believe the charge against it, as you know.

GLENN: God bless you.

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: We're dug in on it, man. Look, there's a choice, there's a conflict of visions here. Republicans believe that fast-acting tax relief is the way to get this economy moving again. Democrats believe we can borrow and spend and bail our way back to a growing America, and the American people need to pick up the phone and start sending e-mails and letters and let their congressmen know which one they choose.

GLENN: Congressman, I appreciate it. Thank you so much for the good fight. You are not alone. There's a lot of people out there that are feeling the same way and the same frustration. Boy, that would just be -- if I were in congress, I'd be sure, I'd be the town cryer ringing that bell in the hallway saying, you guys, you don't know the trouble that is coming our way if we're not honest, if we're not up front, if we're not telling the American people the truth and we try to do things in the cover of darkness. It's just not going to end well.

CONGRESSMAN PENCE: Glenn, I've got to tell you your voice is in congress and conservatives on Capitol Hill are grateful every day.

GLENN: God bless you. Thanks very much for bringing this to our attention.

 

From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

'Good Morning Texas' gives exclusive preview of Mercury One museum

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Mercury One is holding a special exhibition over the 4th of July weekend, using hundreds of artifacts, documents and augmented reality experiences to showcase the history of slavery — including slavery today — and a path forward. Good Morning Texas reporter Paige McCoy Smith went through the exhibit for an exclusive preview with Mercury One's chief operating officer Michael Little on Tuesday.

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Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.